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8/5/15 – 9:55 A.M.

Another Findlay street is closed for curb replacement. The city’s engineering department says work will take place on Washington Street between Cory Street and the railroad tracks in that area until August 12. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

You’re asked to avoid the area if possible as short delays are possible.

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8/5/15 – 7:18 A.M.

First responders in Pandora and Gilboa have new equipment that will help them save pets in an emergency. The Putnam County Sentinel reports both village EMS departments have received pet oxygen masks. The equipment was made available for free through Invisible Fence Brand’s Project Breathe program.

Chief of Pandora EMS Chad Blue tells the newspaper he had looked into buying the equipment, but was then informed about the equipment donation program.

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8/5/15 – 6:52 A.M.

Fostoria is moving ahead with some road construction projects for 2015. The Courier reports city council approved the street program during their Tuesday meeting. Sections of eight streets will be resurfaced for at a cost of $200,000.

Bids for the project will be advertised on Augst 12 with the openings on August 27. Work would begin around four weeks later.

MORE: The Courier

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8/5/15 – 6:45 A.M.

The principal of St. Wendelin school in Fostoria has resigned.  Mike Amlin is leaving the post to take a position at a different school.  That leaves the school looking for a principal with less than three weeks until the new year starts.

The director of the parish,  Matthew Meyers, will serve as the contact for school related issues until a new principal is hired.

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8/5/15 – 5:11 A.M.

An Arlington man claims to be the father of a baby recently born to Jerrod Hartman and his wife, Cierra Carpenter. The Courier reports 26-year-old Stephen O’Rear filed a complaint in June to establish parentage of the child. He claims to have had relations with Carpenter around the time of conception.

An attorney for Carpenter has moved to block the paternity test.

Hartman recently pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the death of he and Carpenter’s son James Hartman in October of 2013. He could face up to 19 years in prison when sentenced.

Carpenter and Jerrod Hartman were married in April.

MORE: The Courier

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8/5/15 – 5:02 A.M.

Pay raises have been approved for three Findlay city officials. City Council approved the increases for the mayor, auditor, and law director during their Tuesday meeting. The raises won’t take effect until January, when the new terms for the offices begin.

Law Director Don Rasmussen will see an 8 percent increase in 2016, and 2 percent raises annually from 2017 through 2019. That will bring his salary to around $115,000 a year. The raises for the law director put the salary more in line with what the previous law director was paid.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik makes $69,500 a year after a 2 percent cut in 2012. Her salary will increase by a little more than $5,700 by 2019. Auditor Jim Staschiak currently is paid a little more than $69,400. He’ll be given a raise of a little over $5,700.

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8/5/15 – 4:45 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department has received the toxicology report on a man shot and killed by an officer in June. While authorities are in possession of the information, the Courier reports they can not comment on the specific nature of it. A copy of the report is now being sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is leading the probe into the death of Jeremy Linhart.

BCI spokesperson Jill Del Greco tells the newspaper the agency is still waiting for the final autopsy report.

Findlay Police Lt. Robert Ring says that once BCI has that information, they’ll present their findings to the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

In the meantime officer Aaron Flechtner remains on administrative leave. Another officer involved, Andrew Rudnik, has returned to work.

MORE: The Courier

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8/5/15 – 11:18 A.M.

Police interaction with the public has been a hot national topic for the last several months. Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman talked about the issue Tuesday. He said some there are common mistakes people make that can sometimes escalate a situation…

Audio: Mike Heldman

Heldman said getting out of your car also puts you at risk to be hit by passing traffic. On the flip side, Heldman says if an officer orders you out of your car, you must comply. If you are asked to leave your car it doesn’t mean it will be searched.

Many people have taken to recording their interactions with law enforcement, which Heldman says is fine…

Audio: Mike Heldman

Heldman adds the department is considering body cams for deputies, but there is no timetable for that.

When it comes to the average interaction with an officer of the law, Heldman says to stay calm. If you have an issue with your stop, you can always file a formal complaint after the interaction is over.

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8/4/15 – 10:52 A.M.

A Deshler propane business has been sold. The Troy-based R.W. Earhart Company announced Tuesday it had bought Franz Petroleum Products. Dan Dixon is the president of Earhart and says the deal will help his business gain a foothold in northwest Ohio. Dixon says Earhart will serve all former Franz customers in the area.

The sale means Earhart will also add bulk propane plants in Deshler, Holgate, and Bascom to its portfolio.

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8/4/15 – 10:41 A.M.

The Findlay Police Department is seeking a professional accreditation, and part of the process calls for community input. A release from the department says a public meeting on the topic will be held on August 12 at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers. If you can’t make the meeting, comments can also be left on a voicemail system that day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The number to call will be (419)722-2342.

Comments must address Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA standards. According to the organization’s website, those standards include law enforcement’s role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies; organization, management, and administration; personnel administration; law enforcement operations, operational support, and traffic law enforcement; detainee and court-related services; and auxiliary and technical services.

A team of assessors from the CALEA will begin reviewing Findlay Police Department policies and procedures August 11. They will also facilitate the community meeting the following day.

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